Gannon University Student Wins Portiuncula Foundation Nursing Scholarship Award

Posted: September 11, 2014

Gannon University nursing student Heather Wilson has been honored with a Major Helen C. Humenansky Nursing Scholarship from the Portiuncula Foundation.

The $1,000 scholarship, one of two awarded this year, is given to a senior undergraduate or graduate nursing student at an accredited Catholic educational institution in western Pennsylvania.

The Portiuncula Foundation was founded in 2003 to support efforts to advance health and well-being in communities where the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities live and work. The scholarship was established by Major Humenansky's family in 1993 at the former St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing in Pittsburgh. Major Helen C. Humenansky, a graduate of St. Francis School of Nursing, joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1942 and served for 20 years.

Wilson is a graduate of Holy Angels Academy in Buffalo, N.Y. She is a member of P.A.T.C.H.E.S. (Promoting Awareness Towards A Community of Healthy Educated Students), Alpha Tau Delta and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Societies and served on Gannon University's Student Government Association. Wilson received a paid nursing internship this summer at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.

"I am very thankful for this scholarship," she said. "I like to think I try my hardest in everything I do and being awarded this scholarship proves my efforts are paying off. Being a student has always been a top priority for me, not only because I love to learn, but because I realize how important it is to master the skills necessary to become an effective nurse."